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Postal Stationery - 1886 2c Grant Lettersheet

Lots 1019-1028 Lots 1029-1032

Lot 1019 E   

Lettersheet, 1886, 2¢ Grant, Design I, Drawing Essay, original pencil drawing essay on 46x45½mm thick card, Very Fine, ex-Marcus White. Undersander No. E835.
Scott No. U293E    Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

THE UNIQUE FIRST DESIGN DRAWING FOR THE 1886 2¢ GRANT LETTERSHEET.

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Realized: $4,000

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Lot 1020 E   

Lettersheet, 1886, 2¢ green, Design I, Large Die Essay on Proof Paper, 60x81mm, similar to drawing with smaller Grant portrait, larger labels and ornamental designs, pencil "59" below vignette; minor wrinkle and hinge translucencies far from design, Very Fine, ex-Marcus White. Undersander No. E836a $1,500.
Scott No. U293E    Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS FIRST DESIGN LARGE DIE ESSAY IN GREEN FOR THE 1886 2¢ GRANT LETTERSHEET.

This large die essay is also known in blue, but trimmed and mounted on card with punch cancel.

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Realized: $3,250

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Lot 1021 E   

Lettersheet, 1886, 2¢ dark blue, Design I, Large Die Essay on Ivory Paper, 47x67mm, die with "American Bank Note Co. N.Y." imprint and Die No. "C-151" crossed out and updated to "C-152", signed "Head, AJ" (Andrew Jones), "G. Downs" and "Frames Chas Skinner"; hinge thin, Very Fine, ex-Marcus White. Undersander No. E837b $1,500.
Scott No. U293E    Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED SIGNED PRESENTATION EXAMPLE OF THIS FIRST DESIGN LARGE DIE ESSAY FOR THE 1886 2¢ GRANT LETTERSHEET.

This large die essay is also known unsigned in blue on ivory (E837a), and blue on white wove (E837c) with inscription "Presented by Asst. P.M. General Hazen to C.L. Webster". The former realized $3,850 in 2005. Andrew Jones was the vignette engraver and Charles Skinner the frame engraver.

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Realized: $3,000

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Lot 1022 E   

Lettersheet, 1886, 2¢ blue, Design II, Unrouted Die Essay on India Paper, 25x30mm, medium blue with dark background; some adherence on reverse probably from card removal, Very Fine. Undersander No. E840a $750.
Scott No. U293E    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS SECOND DESIGN DIE ESSAY FOR THE 1886 2¢ GRANT LETTERSHEET.

The background on this essay is darker than the final proof.

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Realized: $1,450

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Lot 1023 E   

Lettersheet, 1886, 2¢ blue, Design II, Hybrid Large Die Essay, trimmed to 22x28mm in bright blue, mounted on 49x56mm card, signed "Alfred Jones" (frame engraver), left background lightened but engraving incomplete; minor age toning specks, otherwise Very Fine, ex-Marcus White. Undersander No. E841a $750.
Scott No. U293E    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS SECOND DESIGN DIE ESSAY FOR THE 1886 2¢ GRANT LETTERSHEET.

The background on this essay is different than E840 with the left side being lightened. Right side still with heavy dark background lines and engraving incomplete.

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Realized: $1,200

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Lot 1024 P   

Lettersheet, 1886, 2¢ dark blue, Design II, Hybrid Large Die Essay, finished die on 42x60mm ivory paper with "U.S. Letter Sheet Stamp" inscription, Die No. "C-153" and "American Bank Note Co. N.Y." imprint below, signed "Alfred Jones" (frame engraver) at bottom; corner thin and crease, minor wrinkle, still Very Fine, ex-Marcus White. Undersander No. E842a $700.
Scott No. U293TC    Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED SIGNED EXAMPLE OF THIS SECOND DESIGN TRIAL COLOR DIE PROOF IN BLUE FOR THE 1886 2¢ GRANT LETTERSHEET.

There are only two recorded examples of this finished large die trial color proof in dark blue, the signed example offered here and an unsigned example last offered in 2005 that realized $2,970.

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Realized: $3,000

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Lot 1025 P   

Lettersheet, 1886, 2¢ black, Design II, Hybrid Large Die Essay, trimmed to 22x28mm in black, mounted on 49x56mm card, signed "Alfred Jones" (frame engraver), Very Fine, ex-Marcus White. Undersander No. E843a $700.
Scott No. U293TC    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS SECOND DESIGN TRIAL COLOR PROOF IN BLACK FOR THE 1886 2¢ GRANT LETTERSHEET.

The background on this essay is different than E841 with the both sides being lightened and engraving complete.

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Realized: $1,500

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Lot 1026 P   

Lettersheet, 1886, 2¢ emerald green, Trial Color Proof on Manila, 200x129mm, Series 2 imprint, without manuscript notations; corners slightly clipped at bottom, Very Fine and rare, ex-Brazer. Undersander No. E850h var.
Scott No. U293TC    Estimate $400 - 600.

The listed E850 trial color proofs are size 199x127mm, this example is slightly bigger.

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Realized: $575

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Lot 1027 P   

Lettersheet, 1886, 2¢ dark blue, Trial Color Proof on Manila, 190x109mm, Series 2 imprint, without manuscript notations; light crease upper left, Very Fine and rare, ex-Brazer. Undersander No. E850l var.
Scott No. U293TC    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Realized: $400

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Lot 1028 P   

Lettersheet, 1886, 2¢ pale rose, Trial Color Proof on Manila, 189x66mm, two clear impressions, Series 2 imprint, without manuscript notations; small edge tear at top, otherwise Very Fine and rare, ex-Brazer. Undersander No. E850 var.
Scott No. U293TC    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Realized: $450

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